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RATINGS: 1768   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   IBU: 37   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Complex, roasty aroma with a bittersweet, chocolate-coffee taste and a bold hop presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2004
Beer pours dark brown with a BIG dark beige head that is initially over an inch thick and which appears to be fully retained. Quite attractive in the glass. Aroma is primarily roasted malt with a little earth and some cream. Flavor is inially sweet malt, then bittersweet chocolate kick in. The finish is bitter and pretty dry. Quite an enjoyable drinking experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2004
Dark brown with a red shine and lasting foamy light tan head. Very nice nose with notes of coffee and light fruit. Solid roast throughout the aroma - slightly acidic smelling. Wow! The body is outstanding. Huge coffee notes at the front with a smooth chocolate middle. The coffee kicks in and out throughout to create and maintain a bold, roasty fan-porter-tastic taste. A nice solid, yet timid, bitterness compliments the beautifully silky smooth body. Light licorice towards a bitter sweet end. Gains the lead in my top porters (aside from Baltics of course)list, a thing of beauty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hershiser2 (1683) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
Appearance: Very dark brown with a medium brown head that lingers. Smell: mmmm roasted, toasted, and nice Taste: roasted, smokey, and smooth... yum Mouthfeel: nice, a bit tingly and bitter, but nice This is a drinkable beer without a doubt. One of the better beers from the Great Lakes Brewing Company!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Bottle. Brown hue, white head. Aroma is very impressive--caramel, chocolate, malty and sweet. Smells like a beer I want to drink. Flavor is malty up front with similar taste to aroma. However, it is a little thin tasting. The first few sips have an unnatrually strong bitterness in the finish. After the first few, though, the bitterness is a lot less noticeable. Overall, very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
garrison (792) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2004
From a bottle, it pours a dark brown with a rich choclatey aroma. I found the taste of this porter VERY good, with many complex undertones!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Smells like a runaway fruit train, a dark mass in my glass. Tan head; minimal lacing. Starts roasty; by room temperature it's sticky and chocolately. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2003
One of the premier porters in my sometimes humble opinion. Pours with a deep chestnut brown body and a thick, creamy tan head. Roasted malts, toast, coffee, and a hint of chocolate share the aroma. Rich flavor dominated by roasted, toasty malts, dry chocolate, coffee, and even a touch of caramel touching the palate. Finishes with notable earthy hops. Good bottles remind me in many ways of Victory Storm King.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Pours almost black with nice bubbly tan head. Light caramel aroma. Watery mouthfeel with light roasted barley taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Great roasted aroma. Body is a great balance of chocolate, roasted malt, and a touch of bitterness. Just enough body in this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Aroma is malt, chocolate, and toffee. Pours dark brown, almost opaque, decent tan head. Flavor has all the components of the aroma, with a nice roasty bitterness in the finish. Pretty full bodied, definitely a robust porter. Very good.

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